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 Detecting and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. Dilemma and Difficulties for the Medical Staff

  • Adriana Fărcaş (Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, School of Sociology and Social Work, B-dul 21 Dec. 1989 No. 128, Cluj-Napoca 400604, Tel: + 40-264-42.46.74, + 40-264-41.99.58, E-mail:
  • Maria Roth (Professor, “Babes-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Bd 21 Decembrie 1989, no. 128, 400604, Romania. E-mail:

Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) reporting is mandatory for medical staff in many countries, including Romania. In this qualitative study we explore and compare the attitudes of Romanian medical staff and medical students towards detecting and reporting CAN. The results indicate that the medical staff appears to have a rich knowledge of possible CAN signs; however, the lack of training is a relevant factor that hinders recognition and reporting of CAN. Students report in high percentages that they have not suspected CAN and admit they feel rather unsure about their abilities to detect CAN. Although they feel certain about their ability to report CAN, qualified staff's knowledge proves to be rather poor when their answers are compared to the physical and behavioral indicators of CAN presented in the reviewed literature. The results highlight that CAN may mean different things to different respondents and that specific training in this area may help medical staff to improve their ability to use procedures of CAN detection and reporting.

Keywords: child abuse and neglect (CAN) indicators, medical staff, reporting CAN, detecting CAN